Shellrock Lake #700, Serene Lake and Grouse Point Trail #517

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Roaring River Wilderness

Shellrock Lake #700, Serene Lake and Grouse Point Trail #517 is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Welches, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.

Length10.6 miElevation gain2,513 ftRoute typeLoop
BackpackingHikingBird watchingRunningForestLakeViewswild-flowersWildlife
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This loop hike begins and ends at the Shellrock Lake Trail #700 trailhead. The loop is made from Shellrock Lake Trail #700, then right on Grouse Point Trail #517, then left on Serene Lake Trail, then left on Grouse Point Trail #517. Grouse Point Trail #517 will lead back to Shellrock Lake Trail #700.

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Michele Kohler
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BackpackingGreat!

September 5-7th. Trail between Serene Lake and Cache Meadow has been cleared of all downed trees. Definitely a good challenging loop with the ups and downs, but started it after an in/out to Shining Lake which made for some good mileage on a 2-night / 3-day weekend. I would NOT take 1st time backpackers on this trail unless they are an avid hiker.

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Emily Hull
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Backpacking

An awesome backpacking trip for beginners or a more casual trip! We started about 11 am on Saturday (day 1) and did the loop clockwise to get more mileage done on the first day and that’s definitely the way to go. We got to Serene lake around 4 pm and there were only 3 other groups set up so far, the lake did fill up quick around 6 pm so try to get in early. No mosquitoes at the lake but the sun does go down early and it gets really chilly so bring lots of layers. Hiked out the next morning and was back into portland around 3 pm! There is about 7 miles of gravel road leading to the trailhead that is hilly with lots of potholes, but my 1995 Honda Accord made it only spinning out once or twice.

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James Sorensen
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I went on a two night backpacking trip with my kids. 12 and 15 year olds. We started at about 12:30, stopped for lunch at Shellrock Lake. We then climbed up and continued to Serene via the counter clockwise route. we arrived at about 5:30 and camped at Serene which was awesome. we swam the lake, explored the path around the lake and just had a great time. I recommend camping on the west side of lake. sunrise was amazing. day 2 we was spectacular. the views of the lake and mt hood was worth the climb. the forest service needs to clear the route from serene to cache meadow. dozens of trees across the trail. we considered camping at cache meadow's but didn't see a good water source. we continued on and camped at Shellrock Lake on night two. again, we hiked around the lake, swam the lake, etc. really fun time. we then hiked the short trek back to the car. it was a tough trek for the kids but doable.

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James Sorensen
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T MacBeth
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HikingBlowdown

Great full value hike, ups + downs. There were a lot of blown down trees. The view along the ridge is indeed brief but nice. The serene lake area was quite packed with people, though is was the 100F day in Portland so that was most likely a factor. The bugs weren't that bad, definitely tolerable. Road wasn't too bad, no major potholes.

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Jacob Hogan
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Diane McCune
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HikingBlowdownBugs

We added side trips to middle and lower rock lakes to make it longer and see more lakes! My corolla was able to make it to the trailhead, although it is quite rough. Unfortunately, the enjoyment of this hike was severely impaired by the amount of mosquitos we encountered, even despite bug spray. I assume it’s better when it’s not mosquito season? But no thank you. We did find an occasional spot to sit and eat a snack without being attacked, but usually our only defense was to keep moving. There are a fair number of blowdowns, but they mostly looked like they had been there for a while with evidence of other people finding ways around them if they were too big to just step over. So I didn’t find that bothersome.

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a n
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HikingBlowdownRocky

We tried to make Shellrock Lake via 58 and 5830...and in our little hatchback didn't make it. A flat - no idea what caused it, as our tire looked like some jerk had slashed it with a knife! Very rough road.

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Mikhail Bondarew
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HikingBlowdownFlooded

Hard to say what real trail conditions would be like since it was raining the entire time. With rain the trail is definitely flooded. There were down trees but all could be easily passed. The trail could use a few more signs, but with a map the trail was easily navigated. Also my GPS tracked this at 11.12 miles. Overall, really nice run!

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arlo perin
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Backpacking

I recently went on a backpacking trip from shellrock to Serene and back to Shellrock, it was a very quick hike into Shellrock about let then 1 hour and easy trial. over all this is a great lake for swimming but not so good for fishing.

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Kett McKenna
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Snow

Make sure you've got your maps downloaded and you keep checking them. My girlfriend and I went May 31st, and there was so much snow we got lost a few times so we turned around.

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Nicole Shipp
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Fantastic hike! Definitely recommend going to the left at the loop instead of the right, much more downhill that way with most of the inclines at the beginning. Old growth forests were throughout the majority of the hike with some neat rockslides and viewpoints too. Very well maintained except for some trees down, but there were side trails around most of them. We only saw one other couple on a Sunday so it was extremely quiet and peaceful. We'll be back again!

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Cody Becker
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Hiking

Too many people frequent the trail. Campsites at Serene lake are much too close to water and campers routinely leave hot fire pits and trash. Sad. Well maintained trail. Easy to navigate. Go left at loop trail rather than right. You’ll thank me on your way back.

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Molly Mae O'Halloran
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Hiking

Beautiful when we were here. The trail is well maintained. We didn't make it far because the corg got too hot on the rocks, so we sat by the lake for a while and contemplated life. There's a waterfall near the parking area that's pretty, but that is a scramble, do use caution.

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Kim M
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Hiking

Great trail! We hiked the loop clockwise to get the major elevation changes done early on and I am glad we did, it was a warm day. Skeeters weren't too bad but I wish I had brought some essential oil to repel the few we met. Would give this trail a 5/5 for backpacking to camp but as day hike I rated a little lower. There is a great view of Mt Hood, Mt Adams (I think) and Serene lake if you take a short side trail once at the top of Grouse Point. We hit the trail at 10am, got to Serene Lake by 1pm, took an hour and 20 minute lunch break and got back to our car by 4:45pm. Water was refreshing and definitely warm enough to swim in. PLEASE DON'T FEED THE CRITTERS AND PACK YOUR GARBAGE OUT. We were non-stop harassed by one chipmunk and we found garbage left behind by campers/ hikers, not cool. LNT please! We picked up and packed out said garbage. Please do the same if you come across it. We need to protect these beautiful spaces and the critters that inhabit them. Cheers!

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Tracy Dana
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First to Review

The view of the west side of Mt. Hood, especially from the lake, is unparalled. I only rated the hike three stars due to the extremely crowded nature of the area (my family usually goes for a more remote setting when hiking.) There is a store, campgrounds, cabins and boat rentals. It is definitely worth seeing, and is a fun place to go if you have kids. Just be aware that it is not the place for solitude!

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Tyler Weaver
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Ines Costa
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Nicki Henke
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April Gracz
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Parker Baldwin
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Morgan Cupcakington
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Parker Baldwin
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J Ferch
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Derek Herman
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Karly O
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Karly O
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